- Wish to enter the field of GIS or apply GIS applications in their current profession
- Wish to sharpen current GIS skills and obtain a certificate to validate their expertise
What You'll Learn
- Learn concepts and applications of GIS technology.
- Obtain hands-on experience using the latest GIS software.
- Use geospatial technology to develop solutions to issues facing communities and industry.
- Explore interdisciplinary elements of GIS including cartography, topology, database design and spatial analysis.
- Understand how GIS is used within health care, public works, natural and historical resources, environmental management and other fields.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in a variety of industries, and can be found in small firms or companies, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:
- GIS Technician
- GIS Analyst
- GIS Coordinator or Manager
- GIS Developer
“Utilizing GIS has helped my department's management team decide how to best allocate resources. The dynamics of the subject areas made this educational experience an amazing one!”
Maria Martha Moreno
CIS Business Systems Analyst III
Riverside County Department of Mental Health
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- Familiarity with Microsoft Windows.
- Successful completion of one of the following:
- Introduction to ArcGIS
- Learning ArcGIS Desktop: A Self-paced Online Course
- Equivalent courses from accredited college or university (official transcripts required)
- Consent of program coordinator
You must have a PC with internet access and appropriate software.
Participate in a GIS field study/internship (minimum: 60 hours) to earn 1.5 units toward your requirements.
Gateway to a Master's Degree
Some course credits may be applied toward a specialized MBA at La Sierra University.
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Overview of the history, fundamentals, and techniques of the GIS industry and the basic implementation issues for business and governmental entities. Main topics include:
- GIS strategy in needs assessments
- business processes,
- application development
- database specifications
- project definitions
GIS software will be used hands-on to demonstrate practical solutions to real-world problems.
One of the first things requested after an analysis is made with a geographic information system (GIS) is a map. This course is an in-depth study of cartographic techniques and methods employed in the creation of maps. Map design and content, design procedures, and production techniques are discussed. The course involves students in:
- color selection
- the use of text with maps
- the creation of a "visual hierarchy" to assist the map reader getting the best out of the map
Thematic and general mapping with the use of GIS data are explored. Cartographic design strategies for both printed maps and web maps are discussed.
A general survey of available quantitative methods for spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn about the functionality of GIS as an effective tool to model and analyze complex spatial relationships. Examine:
- Fundamental and theoretical components of spatial information for building topological relationships among spatial features and multiple map layers
- Quantitative methods for pattern analysis and problem solving
- Models and techniques for surface analysis, such as krigging, smoothing, filtering, inverse distance weighting, and distance-decay
The goals and industry tools available for planning and implementing each phase. Physical design is emphasized using the ESRI Geodatabase. Geodatabase architecture is discussed and a variety of geodatabase behaviors, such as:
This course explores the tools in ArcGIS to develop and implement GIS projects from conception to finished product. Topics include:
- database creation
- data analysis
- geodatabase concepts
- spatial analysis concepts
Databases from local agencies are integrated into the course for analysis and to provide hands-on practice with real-world applications.
Web GIS is a promising field with great applicability to government, business, and our daily life. This course teaches you the state-of-the-art Web GIS technologies, including:
- ArcGIS Online
- Cloud GIS
- ArcGIS Enterprise (Portal and Server)
- smart mapping
- story maps
- web app templates
- Web AppBuilder
- Operations Dashboard
- online analysis
- other mobile GIS apps
- 3D web scenes
Drones, real-time GIS, internet of things, and big data technologies will also be discussed in the context of Web GIS.
“I carried out my first GIS project while I was in high school in Ghana, plotting all government schools using ArcView GIS. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge in GIS with others. My students will go back to their jobs, or start a new one, with a new skill set and renewed minds as it relates to spatial thinking.”
City of Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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